The programme for the choir's inaugural concert centres on the beautiful mass in four parts by William Byrd, England’s finest Tudor composer, who wrote for both protestant and catholic faiths in the volatile religious transitions between the reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I.
In addition, we will sing devotional motets by English composers including Byrd’s great predecessor Thomas Tallis, and their contemporaries John Sheppard, John Taverner, William Mundy and Robert Parsons.
Cambridge Renaissance Voices is formed by singers with deep experience of Renaissance polyphony, most of whom met as members of The Cambridge Taverner Choir, with whom they have made several CD recordings.
We aim to share our love for this repertoire of sacred music with new audiences and in places of historic interest.
Our inaugural concert takes place in Holy Trinity, Long Melford, one of the great Suffolk wool churches of the fifteenth century, containing some of the finest medieval glass in England. The church’s fine acoustic offers an ideal setting for a concert of music from Tudor England, combining the mystery of private devotion with some of the most glorious polyphony of the Renaissance.